Cloud Comfort: The 9 Best Air Mattresses

Ah, the air mattress. As ubiquitous as the great and powerful futon and considered by many to be just as hideous. Yet there are times when you need an inflatable bed for one reason or another. Whether due to house guests, camping, or spending the night in the office because your spouse found some texts from an old flame, there are moments when nothing but sleeping on air will do.

Just because they are generally considered “ghetto” doesn’t mean they have to be. The old days of huffing and puffing and blowing up your bed are mostly over. The current crop of mattresses offers nearly all of the comforts of home and some comforts that even your bed can’t provide. There are free-standing models that give your visitors more comfort than any standard motel while others will prevent that single, lone pebble from digging into your back all night long yet won’t take up precious space in your pack. Whatever your needs are, we’ve got the 9 best air mattresses to meet them.

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

SoundAsleep Dream Series Air Mattress

Dream Machine: This is an air bed that could be fit for royalty. It seems to have hit all of the selling points. The internal structure uses 40 coils to more aptly create the firmness of a true bed while the flocked top is nearly as comfortable as a pillow top mattress. The 15 gauge material prevents accidental punctures and the grippable bottom prevents it from sliding around no matter what nocturnal activities you are engaged in. The internal pump is fairly quick and easy to use and has some adjustment functions for those that need a firmer or softer sleeping surface. If you want to pamper your guests or even your in-laws, bust this baby out. [Purchase: $115]

Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress

Insta-Bed Raised Air Mattress

Pumped Up: This is the bed for those who insist on customizing their sleeping experience or fiddling endlessly with firmness. Many similar beds say that you can alter how firm or soft a bed is, but it won’t retain it for more than a few minutes, hoping you drift off and don’t notice. The Insta-Bed pump keeps air pressure constant throughout the night so wherever you set it is where it shall stay. It has some stiffer horizontal and vertical reinforcements as well that help it hold a shape and avoid bulging or sagging. Comes in Twin and Queen sizes. [Purchase: $95]

Smart Air Beds BD-91

Smart Air Beds BD-91

Fluffy Softness: Air mattresses aren’t known for offering much in the way of creature comforts. Mostly if they manage to avoid deflating during the night they are given a gold star. This air bed attempts to change that by offering a memory foam top for the discerning user who demands the best in quality from all of their inflatable furniture. The foam does an excellent job of offering the creepy, body-hugging support you’ve come to know from memory foam. The internal pump helps to regulate the firmness of the bed, though it doesn’t have adjustable settings so if you need a firmer or softer surface, you’ll need to look elsewhere. [Purchase: $150]

Coleman 4-in-1 QuickBed

Coleman 4-in-1 QuickBed

One Size Fits All: The 4-in-1 is easily the laziest transformer ever. The name also fibs just a little bit in that it’s technically a 3-in-1 bed. It will give you two twin beds (or one twin bed, which hardly counts as a whole other setting), a king-sized bed, or a double-high stacked twin bed for those dainty people that can feel a pea through their mattresses but are too cheap to spring for a hotel room. The body is durable PVC with two suede tops for those times when it is split apart. It has a built-in wrapping system for easy storage and transport. It does require that you purchase a separate pump, but the double-lock valve system will work with just about any kind you buy. [Purchase: $51]

Serta EZ Bed

Serta EZ Bed

High-End: One of the most common complaints with these mattresses is they sit on the floor. To the erudite sleeper this makes them feel a little like they are resting in some commune where bathing is optional and everyone has hemp jewelry. The Serta EZ dispels this notion by adding a frame to the mix. It keeps the mattress elevated just like a true bed so those that use it don’t feel like they are about to nod off in a heroin den, but instead rest high above the vermin and detritus on the floor. It includes a self-regulating internal pump with multiple firmness settings to help accommodate anyone. The downside is it costs as much as a true bed. [Purchase: $230]

ALPS Mountaineering Velocity Rechargeable Air Bed

ALPS Mountaineering Velocity Rechargeable Air Bed

Portable Luxury: Enough with air mattresses that are really just beds that you blow up. The Velocity is intended for people who prefer to sleep under the stars and get back to nature without having too much of that “nature” stuff interfere with getting 8 solid hours of shut-eye. The support of the Velocity is remarkable and the queen-sized variety can take up to 500 lbs. which is unusual for a camping models. When deflated it is only a few pounds so it won’t take up as much room as typical ground pads. The pocket-sized pump is the best part since it can be charged up in advance to get your bed ready to go even in the deep wilderness. You can also inflate it manually if you enjoy getting dizzy. [Purchase: $104]

Lightspeed Outdoors

Lightspeed Outdoors

Light and Tough: The best way to ruin a perfectly nice camping trip is to awake to find that after only one night of “roughin’ it” on your inflatable bed it has sprung a leak and can now only be used as a tarp. The Outdoors model fights this with aplomb as it uses TPU – thermoplastic polyurethane – to avoid punctures, snags, and holes while still giving you quality comfort and portability. The pump is battery-operated for nights under the stars and the PVC construction is environmentally friendly. It even offers a degree of adjustability if you want a firmer or softer sleeping experience. It’s not quite as luxurious as the Velocity, but it is hardier and less costly. [Purchase: $75]

Klymit - Static V Air Pad

Klymit – Static V Air Pad

Backpackers Buddy: There are a lot of options out there when it comes to small inflatable sleeping pads for those that want to brave Kilimanjaro without sleeping on the icky, icky ground. The Static V is designed using partitioned construction that moves air through a series of small sacs which provides excellent comfort with minimum heat loss during nights atop the world’s peaks. The system offers directed support so the aches and pains from the trials of the day don’t settle into your muscles creating cramps and stiffness that will haunt you throughout your trip and force you to wonder why you spent your vacation climbing a mountain rather than lying in a hammock on the beach. [Purchase: $48]

Therm-a-rest NeoAir All Season

Therm-a-rest NeoAir All Season

Anytime, Anywhere: The All Season is for the man or woman who unwinds by heading into the teeth of winter, exploring the most unusual conditions, braving the elements, and testing themselves against the gods of thunder and cold. It uses NeoAir technology to absorb and reflect the body heat of the sleeper back to them so that they can survive in brutal conditions. The single-direction air flow system helps hold air stationary and stop convective heat loss due to circulation. It has an internal truss system which will help maintain stability so you won’t roll off onto the ground during the night. At just over a pound in weight, you can’t afford not to carry one. Be warned: you will be paying a lot for this sleeping pad so don’t waste your money if you don’t plan on any winter adventures. [Purchase: $113]

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